No Girls Allowed: Cookbook for Men, Author Greg Ford
Today’s guest is Greg Ford, cookbook author, traveler, husband, and father. Greg initially wrote his book for his son when he got married about 12 years ago. Greg and his wife thought it would be a good idea to give him a cookbook––along with some words of wisdom: i.e., don’t make faces (or excuses) if the first meal does not turn out as expected!) In general, the role of men is to take out the garbage, wash the car, and have one really good recipe that they can fix. For his son’s book, Greg decided to collect that one good recipe from all of the men and friends in the family and created a special cookbook. It was so well received that this book was put together, using not only the previously collected recipes, but many more from their own repert ory of recipes.
One of the criteria for the book was to express that cooking is fun, and allows one to eat what one wants and when it’s wanted–but not only that, but saving money. Once cooking skills are developed, tailoring a recipe to improve health or keep on track with the budget becomes easier.
Sharing the cooking is fun with a spouse or roommates and increases the things share in common. It will elevate the cooking in the home with unanticipated competition and increase the variety of meals, because more than one mind and set of tastes is involved. If one person is stuck with the chore of doing the cooking––or any household task, it can become drudgery. However, kitchen philosophy assures that attitudes improve and drudgery evaporates when sharing cooking is practiced. The bottom line is: the more cooks, the merrier––even if one of the cooks is a man!
Shared cooking is a win-win proposition. Teach the kids how to cook before they leave home, and they can cook their own food, rather than eating unhealthy and expensive fast foods or subsist by eating out.
Men don’t need easy recipes! Everyone needs and appreciates easy recipes, as long as the recipe produces a good meal. Success is particularly necessary for someone who is beginning to cook, whether male or female. Easy is good––easy and delicious is even better. “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,” as Leonardo da Vinci said.
No Girls Allowed: Cookbook for Men is a basic handbook that can be used by anyon e, anytime. No ideas for dinner? Flip open the book, pick a recipe, and in an hour or less, a delectable dinner is on the table.
It’s a book that’s makes great meals––that are easy to do––with readily available ingredients. The recipes are family recipes that everyone likes. There are people leaving the home every day, and could use an easy cookbook. In fact, it would be smart to give them the book while they’re still at home, and have them pitch into the cooking chore, with low risk of disastrous meals! It’s good for a wedding gift, too, especially since the cook’s role is not well defined nowadays.
People are realizing that cooking is fun and rewarding. For many men, having something they really like to eat means waiting for someone else to cook it. Well, now, men don’t need to wait for someone else! Cooking is social. At a party, everyone ends up in the kitchen––not only to nibble––but especially to chat. Once you learn to cook, you can make what you want, and how you want it, and when you want it––the key is learning how to cook.
Greg has a new book (a sequel) he’s creating: No Girls Allowed Cookbook for Men: Baked. He feels baking is the next frontier, and was not covered in the current book. Keeping faith with the original book, the new one will have the same general principles: winning and basic (easy) recipes using ingredients that are commonly available.
James Talmage Stevens, Host
James Talmage Stevens (aka Doctor Prepper™) began his career in the preparedness industry from the days of his youth. His family lived with his Grandparents immediately following the end of WWII. He learned the basics on the Pace farm in rural Guilford County (NC). Farm chores and gardening were standard fare––plowing the back 40 behind a stubborn mule was substandard! In 1974, upon finishing graduate school with 4 young children and no prospects for a job due to economic conditions during a national economic slump, James reverted to his past experiences on the farm and chronicled in his notebook, along with some hand-me-down recipes from his mother and grandmother. Noting there were no viable books that dealt with all the basics, i.e.: a broad range of food products, he began to utilize his analytical skills, organizing handwritten notes, recipes, and food lore into one volume of information. He spent his spare time while job-hunting, and Making the Best of Basics was created. Before going to press, the subtitle Family Preparedness Handbook was added to distinguish Basics… from the emergency preparedness genre of the existing Civil Defense and governmental agency information.